Ranked Battle

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Ranked Battle
Mode Icon Ranked Battle 2.png
Face off in more competitive battles.(NA)
Face off in a more competitive battle.(EU/OC)

Type Online multiplayer mode
Players 8 (4v4)
Ranked Yes
Weapons All
Controllers Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png GamePad
Release Date June 1st, 2015
For serious thrill seekers who've leveled up enough, these special battles put your rep on the line. Do well to improve your rank and even earn in-game rewards—and major bragging rights.
— Splatoon's official website, [1]

Ranked Battle is one of the four multiplayer mode categories in Splatoon, along with Regular Battle, Squad Battle and Private Battle. It features three modes that rotate every four hours and is accessible once a player hits level 10. The modes included in this category require a higher level of strategy compared to Regular Battle, and wins and losses are counted toward players' ranks which are used for matchmaking. Ranks range from 'C-' to 'S+' and can be increased by winning matches. Ranked Battle was released when a large amount of players reached Level 10 on June 1st, 2015.

List of Current Modes

  • Splat Zones - Plays similarly to the King of the Hill mode from other video games. It revolves around a central "zone" or "zones", which players must attempt to cover in ink. Whoever retains the zone for a certain amount of time wins.
  • Tower Control - An Inkling must take control of a tower located in the center of a map and ride it towards the enemy base. The first team to get the tower to their enemy's base wins.
  • Rainmaker - A player must grab and take the Rainmaker weapon to a pedestal near the enemy team's spawn point. The team who carries the Rainmaker furthest towards their respective pedestal wins.
  • Clam Blitz - Players pick up clams scattered around the stage and bring them to the goal.

Stage Schedule

Stages will rotate out every four hours along with the stages from Turf War, at 02:00, 06:00, 10:00, 14:00, 18:00, and 22:00 UTC. The change in stages are accompanied by an announcement from the Squid Sisters. This announcement will also boot all players out of the lobby after they finish their current match. The mode will also rotate between Splat Zones, Tower Control, and Rainmaker at the same time.


Main article: Music

Unlike in Regular Battles, the music in a Ranked Battle does not change when there is one minute left.


  • Originally, rank could go up by 20 points at a time. This can be seen in an image released before Splatoon was finalized.
  • Once a player's rank changes after a match, a message saying "RANK CHANGED! Re-enter the lobby to pit your skills against players closer to you on rank!" will appear, and the player will be forced to exit.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ガチマッチ
Gachi Matchi
Competitive Match
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Profgevecht Pro fight
FlagFrance.svg French Match pro Pro Match
FlagGermany.svg German Rangkampf Rank fight
FlagItaly.svg Italian Partita pro Pro Match
FlagRussia.svg Russian Бой элиты
Boy elity
Elite battle
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Combate competitivo Competitive Combat


Modes in Splatoon
Online Regular Battle (Turf War) · Ranked Battle (Splat Zones · Tower Control · Rainmaker) · Splatfest Battle · Squad Battle · Private Battle · Recon
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